# Do you weigh before or after cooking?

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The best way to get the most accurate and consistent food measurement is to weigh and log foods before cooking. That’s because the nutrition facts panels give us details for food in its packaged state.

## Do I weigh frozen or cooked?

The real answer for ‘when to weigh it’ is that you measure it as packaged. So, frozen vegetables get measured while still frozen. The manufacturer cannot control what method you might use to cook the vegetables, so they could soak up water and weigh more, or weigh less if you roast them.

## Do you weigh protein before or after cooking?

Eight ounces of protein, whether it’s ground beef or chicken or what have you, would be roughly 227 grams by weight of that meat. So if you put that meat on the scale, it’s going to say 227 grams, before you cook it typically. That’s what it will weigh.

## Do you weigh chicken raw or cooked for calories?

When it’s all done, weigh the whole huge plate of cooked chicken making sure to zero out the scale with a dish on it before you put the chicken in the dish so you’re ONLY weighing the chicken.

## Should I weigh pasta cooked or uncooked?

Pasta and rice however get HEAVIER when cooked because they take on water. Now, the calories don’t change when food is cooked. 100g of dry, uncooked pasta won’t ‘gain’ any calories as it’s cooked, but it will increase in weight (pasta generally doubles in weight when cooked).

## Should I weigh meat raw or cooked?

As a general rule of thumb, on average meat will lose about 25% of its weight when cooked. You still have to weigh out your meat in bulk when its raw, but you don’t need to re-weigh it cooked and figure out the math, just multiple the total raw weight by . 75 and that’s what your 1 oz logged will actually weigh.

## Do you weigh rice dry or cooked?

Rice gains weight when cooked. To get a good approximation of the nutrition content in cooked meat, divide the cooked rice weight by 3 and use the calculated number as the raw weight for your tracker.

## Does meat weigh less after cooking?

In general, meat, poultry and fish will shrink about 25 percent when cooked. Sixteen ounces (1 pound) of raw boneless, skinless chicken breast will therefore yield about 12 ounces of cooked chicken. … If you want to end up with four 4-ounce burgers for example, you’ll need to buy 20 ounces of raw meat.

## How should I weigh my food to lose weight?

Keep the food scale on the kitchen counter so you’ll be reminded to weigh your meals. Use measuring cups and spoons for liquids such as milk and juice, cooking oils, salad dressings and nut butters. After weighing and measuring foods for a few weeks you’ll be able to eyeball portion sizes more accurately.

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## Do calories change when food is cooked?

Yes, the calorie count of a food item changes when it is cooked, but the method of cooking also plays a major role in it. The calorie count alters depending on how you are cooking it – whether you are boiling it or stir-frying.